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->''"Don't be intimidated, Squidward! Try to imagine him in his underwear!...Oh no, '''HE'S HOT!'''"''
-->-- '''Squidward''', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''

Bob, a shy and retiring man, needs to deliver a Big Speech to a Large Audience of Important People. HilarityEnsues during rehearsals, until someone suggests that he imagine that the audience is ''au naturale''.

Basically a StockPhrase, "If you're nervous, imagine the audience naked." A common variation of this is "Imagine the audience in their underwear." This trope is usually [[PlayingWithATrope played with]]. Sometimes the [[FanService viewers at home are shown]] what the character sees, usually in the underwear variety [[HandOrObjectUnderwear unless there's some handy scenery]] -- sometimes they will [[FanDisservice wish they couldn't]]. Sometimes, there really will be someone naked or in their underwear.

This is definitely ''not'' TruthInTelevision; if this isn't a DiscreditedTrope yet, it should be. The notion that such a visualization can ease the nerves that come with public speaking is nonsense, as explained [[http://www.examiner.com/presentation-and-communications-skills-in-los-angeles/visualize-your-audience-underwear in this editorial.]] In fact, assuming a speaker is actually ''capable'' of vividly calling forth this image under the stressful circumstances of speech delivery, [[http://blog.jvf.com/2009/01/24/public-speaking-myths-imagining-your-audience-in-their-underwear-makes-you-less-nervous/ this blog post]] does a good job of explaining why [[AdviceBackfire it might backfire]], especially if you happen to be a young male student with attractive women in the audience. Most textbooks on the subject give advice that revolves around keeping the speaker focused on the actual content of the speech and successful delivery, not something that would be pointlessly distracting.

Subtrope of NakedPeopleAreFunny. Compare and contrast UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'', this is the first of Kurono's AttentionDeficitOohShiny moments.
* A variation occurs in episode four of ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero''. Togo tells Itsuki to imagine that everyone as a pumpkin to deal with her PerformanceAnxiety over singing.
* In ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan'', the girls find out that Ebina does poorly on tests because she gets nervous while taking them. Kirie suggests that she imagine everyone as vegetables, while Umaru says she should think about something she likes instead. These suggestions prompt {{Imagine Spot}}s: Kirie's idea shows Ebina with a GrowlingGut surrounded by food-headed classmates, while Umaru's shows Ebina even more nervous than usual because all the classmates are Umaru's brother Taihei, for whom she has feelings.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/{{Concrete}}: Fragile Creature'': Concrete remembers a variation Senator Douglas used to tell him: imagine 'em on the toilet.
* In ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn'' #0, Harley finds herself dreaming that she is performing in front of an audience of comic book fans. She forgets her lines and tries to remember this piece of advice, but gets confused as to whether she is supposed to imagine the audience naked or herself naked. Ultimately she imagines herself naked and starts belting out her lines, only the dream changes so she is now in church.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Used as incredible FanDisservice in ''Film/TheMaster''.
* In ''Film/TheMuppets'', Kermit asks Scooter to do this. Then Scooter goes out on stage and says "You are all naked!"
* Reversed in ''Film/{{Dumb and Dumber To}}''. Penny mistakenly believes that the saying is to picture ''herself'' in her underwear and even rehearses for her speech in her underwear.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The stand-up comic main character in Louis Sachar's ''Dogs Don't Tell Jokes'' uses this in one of his jokes.
* In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', it's noted that very few people can stand up to Mrs Whitlow, UU's [[AlmightyJanitor terrifying housekeeper]], and it is ''not'' advisable to try and imagine her naked.
* Four-year-old Prince Gareth suggests this to Beka in the third ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' book--his mother tells him to picture people in their loincloths during public functions. Beka is rather shocked since she doesn't think most people look ''good'' in that little and he admits it doesn't really work for him, he just pretends to make his mother happy. Later, he whispers the word "loincloths" when she's starting to freeze up during an elaborate royal ceremony, which makes her grin.
* In "The Scrambled States of America Talent Show," Dr. Globe suggests that Georgia (who has stage fright) try picturing the audience in their underwear. She doesn't end up doing this during the show, but after the show, she tries it anyway, just for fun.
-->'''California:''' Yeah, Marty. It's California. Listen, you never told me there was going to be an underwear shot!


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Richard advises against this, he had a {{Squick}} when doing this with a audience of Bulgarians.
* In one episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Kochanski encourages Kryten to stand up to people by imagining them on the toilet. When it actually comes down do it though, he can't manage it. So he forces them, at gunpoint, to go sit on the toilet so that he can laugh at them and have the courage to say that 'No, he does not want to be reset to factory settings'. For some unaccountable reason they decide to do it anyway.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Shake It Up}}''. [=CeCe=] suggests to a nervous Rocky picturing everyone in the tryouts for ''Shake It Up, Chicago!'' naked, although Rocky is {{Squick}}ed by the idea.
** [[spoiler: It ends up backfiring when [=CeCe=] freezes on the spotlight due to {{Performance Anxiety}} and can only picture ''herself'' naked.]]
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe is uncomfortable with singing to children. She suggests this strategy, but is cautioned against it, 'cause "that's sort of how the last guy was fired."
* Used in one episode of ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''. Of course, Tommy gets it wrong and thinks you're supposed to imagine yourself naked.
-->'''Tommy:''' All you got to do is picture yourself...naked.\\
'''Lori:''' Tommy, you're supposed to picture the audience naked.
* Carla's trick on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is to imagine the audience naked, but wearing black socks.
* Dorothy gives Rose this advice on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', but Rose and Blanche crack up at the thought of Dorothy naked.
* In ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', Patrick's advice to Jeff that he imagine his bosses naked during a big presentation ''almost'' works; Trying it out the day before, Jeff sees a big boost in confidence, but at the presentation accidentally visualises ''himself'' naked in the ''full length body mirror'' behind the desk his bosses are sitting at.
** In fact, he practices this technique so much in preparation that it becomes an instinctive habit. Good fun when hanging around attractive ladies, not so much when attending a funeral with elderly relatives.
-->'''Jeff:''' I can't turn off the naked people!
* In an episode of ''Series/{{The Suite Life of Zack and Cody}}'', Carey suggests this method to Cody for his big speech just as Zack [[VisualPun literally enters the lobby in his underwear.]]
-->'''Cody:''' [[RuleofFunny Hey it worked!]]
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' episode "Fun Run": Pam walks in on Michael, who is using his office to change. She later comments on how picturing an audience naked is a bad idea and instead you should imagine them wearing funny winter coats.
* On ''Series/TheBradyBunch,'' Marcia imagines her driving tester in his underwear.
* On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' guest host Pam Anderson did an opening monologue where she said (paraphrased): "I'm really neverous. They say when you're nervous you're supposed to imagine the audience naked...that's not working. Maybe you're supposed to imagine ''yourself'' naked...no, that's not working, either. Oh wait, maybe you're supposed to '''really be''' naked! (takes off clothes) Oh yes, that's much better, I'm more relaxed now." (Full transcript [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/96/96rmono.phtml here]])
** ''SNL'' did this trope again on the season 36 episode hosted by Jon Hamm with musical guest Rihanna. In the Digital Short, "Ronnie and Clyde" (a ''Bonnie and Clyde'' parody-cum-music video with Rihanna as Clyde and Shy Ronnie [a redheaded, mumbling nerd played by Andy Samberg), Clyde urges Ronnie to be more assertive by imagining the hostages naked. It only succeeded in giving Ronnie a RagingStiffie.
* A similar case is in an episode of ''Series/SaluteYourShorts'' where the group is putting on a play. Dina has bad stage fright, and Sponge advises her to picture a giant chicken at the back of the audience. On the day of the play, she begins to choke...then sees a chicken in the back of the room. Turns out it's Sponge in a costume; the trick works and the play goes as well as any play with Donkey Lips as a rapping mouse could go.
* In the ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' two-part episode "Nuts to War", there is a scene where Charlene is nervous about performing in musical act for soldiers. Her father Earl's friend Roy suggests that she overcome her fear by imagining the audience in their underwear. This causes Charlene to happily head toward the stage, but her father indignantly orders her to imagine the boys wearing pants.
* In ''Series/TheZackFiles'', Zack is told to imagine himself in his underwear (his friend getting the advice wrong), which causes his pants, and any subsequent pants he tries to put on to disappear until he can confront his fear of not only giving a speech, but doing it in his underwear, too.
* In the spelling bee episode of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' Ned gives this advice to Cookie, and at the end of the episode, the entire audience inexplicably becomes all-male and actually strip to their underwear to help Cookie win the bee.
* In an episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Brad was about to appear on ''Tool Time'' and was suffering from stage fright. Heidi, who was played by Debbie Dunning, advised him to picture everyone in their underwear. For clarification; his boss's extremely attractive co-worker told a teenage boy to think about people in their underwear. Brad gets a sort of stunned look on his face while the audience laughs.
** There was also the episode "Look Who's Not Talking" when Jill was nervous about giving a speech and Tim tried to give her this advice, but she wasn't in the mood for it:
-->'''Tim:''' The first time I did ''Tool Time'', I was petrified, so I tried to picture the audience as just one person.\\
'''Jill:''' The first time you did ''Tool Time'', there ''was'' just one person.\\
'''Tim:''' That's not the point. So I tried to visualize that person in his underwear.\\
'''Jill:''' He ''was'' in his underwear.\\
'''Tim:''' He was not!
* In one of the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episodes introducing the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' characters, Abby is advised by Major [=McBurney=] (who's prosecuting a murder case in which Harm is the accused) that she'll have to testify in court, and she mentions how nervous she gets having to testify "in front of all those military uniforms."
-->'''[=McBurney=]:''' Some advice? Try an old standard. Picture all those uniforms naked.\\
'''Abby:''' Including you?
* An episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' features this trope in Season 1 when the high school is holding a talent show.
-->'''Cordelia:''' I, I can't go out there. All those people staring at me and judging me like I'm some kind of... Buffy! What if I mess up?\\
'''Giles:''' Cordelia, there, uh, there-there's, uh, uh, an adage, uh, that, uh, if you're feeling nervous then, uh, you should imagine the entire audience are in their underwear.\\
'''Cordelia:''' Eww! Even Mrs. Franklin? Uhhh!\\
'''Giles:''' Perhaps not.\\
'''Cordelia:''' Yeah.
** Anya ends up ComicallyMissingThePoint when she suggests that Buffy deal with anxiety on her first day of work by imagining herself naked.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Kate Lockley is nervous about giving a speech for her father's retirement party. Angel suggests she try "that old saw about imagining people in their underwear". Kate's eyes flick downward to check out Angel's body and she mutters "[[EatingTheEyeCandy Way ahead of you]]."
** And in "Parting Gifts"
-->'''Barney:''' I'm sensing a little performance anxiety here. Little trick, picture everybody__\\
'''Cordelia:''' In their underwear.\\
'''Barney:''' I was going to say dead, but hey, if that underwear thing works for you...
* Kyle tells this to Synclaire in an episode of ''Series/LivingSingle'' but since Synclaire will be naked in her performance he adds, "However, in this case, perhaps you should imagine yourself in your underwear" and dissolves into laughter.
* In the fourth season of ''Series/TheShield,'' Glenn Close's character Captain Monica Rawling is nervous delivering a speech to the other police. Vic tells her that normally you're supposed to imagine the audience naked but "with this audience, I wouldn't recommend it."
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'s'' Lauren Zizes wants to perform a number for the club in "Comeback", but is nervous. Puck tells her to imagine the audience in their underwear. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity, naturally, ensues.]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JQ2MjPgmCGo/TV0lhynzchI/AAAAAAAAEbw/2Jjb8-B8c8o/s1600/Glee-Cast-Underwear02.png Everything's fine]], until the camera hits [[http://images.buddytv.com/articles/20110216-glee0213b2.jpg Sue]]. As a tip, don't drink anything while viewing this scene.
** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Wait,]] why is Finn wearing a ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' shirt?
* In ''Series/{{Blossom}}'', Blossom is panicking over having to debate the captain of another school's debate team, until she takes this advice. She loses the debate on a technicality due to [[ItMakesSenseInContext breaking an unspoken taboo about mentioning vomit]], but is extremely pleased with her newfound confidence, nonetheless. The situation is subverted when Blossom's older brother is struck mute meeting a dozen Playboy Bunnies. When Blossom's eldest brother tells him to "picture them naked," the boy predictably faints from the overpoweringly sexy visual image.
* Thelma tries this in an episode of ''Series/{{Amen}}''. It backfires and makes her even ''more'' nervous and uncomfortable.
* One experiment in ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'' involved a Brainiac going to a job interview, first with the interviewers dressed as normal, and then in their underwear. The Brainiac failed both times, as he was intimidated by how the staff kept their cool even when half-naked.
* One episode of ''Series/DuckDynasty'' sees Willie delivering a speech, where he cites this bit of advice. He then realizes that he's speaking at a Senior Center filled with old ladies, and decides that he's going to imagine everyone with ''more'' clothes.
* ''Series/{{Whitney}}'': When Alex is going to be guest speaker at a university, Whitney tells him to do this. Then, realising the audience will be filled with attractive coeds, she adds "Except the women". She tells him to imagine them looking disappointed.
* On ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', Tony gives this advice to a classmate when he has to give a presentation, but it backfires when he starts leering at the attractive girls in the class and ignoring the unattractive men, all the while oblivious to the questions that ''both'' sets of people are trying to ask.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Roger gives Paige this advice in a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip. It doesn't work, as her reaction is, "Wowza! It's just like a Chippendale show!"
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} is given this advice by Dogbert, before giving a speech to a group of engineers. It backfires when he apparently needs BrainBleach after what his imagination shows him.
-->'''Dogbert:''' Whoa! Cancel that. I just pictured four hundred naked engineers.\\
'''Dilbert:''' Too late.
** Subverted in another strip. "Imagine that you're naked and the audience is full of Mary Kay salespeople with camcorders"
* In ''ComicStrip/CulDeSac''. Petey is nervous about an upcoming oboe recital - his mom gives him this advice and he looks horrified. She sighs "Okay, okay! Stop imagining!" He wails "I CAN'T!"
* An ''ComicStrip/InsanityStreak'' strip had a speaker at a nudist convention telling himself "Imagine them clothed! Imagine them clothed!".


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/BatBoyTheMusical'', Meredith reassures Shelley about taking Bat Boy to the tent revival, telling her to "just imagine (the townsfolk) in their underwear".
* In the musical ''Theatre/WhenMidnightStrikes'', waitress/resting actress Josephina advises nervous party guest Edward to do this. After a few seconds silence as he can't stop staring at her, she storms off with a disgusted 'Dude, not me!'


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* From a SpookySeance in ''SamAndMax'': "Mortimer Moleman, your entrance is cuuuuuued! To conquer your stage fright, just picture us nuuuuuude!"
* In an [[DownloadableContent optional]] ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' skit, IF suggests that IdolSinger[=/=]radio celebrity 5pb try this out when she's on stage so that she doesn't feel nervous performing with them.
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''
-->'''Joker:''' Man, those quarian admirals are intimidating. And if you get nervous, you can't even imagine them naked because...who knows? [[WildMassGuessing It's a tentacle monster under there? What is that, what's under there?]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has [[BigBrotherMentor Xander]] mention a variant of this when giving advice to his son [[PrincelyYoungMan Siegbert]]. He apparently still suffers from nerves in front of crowds. So how does he get past this?
-->"...Bunnies. Whenever the people's beseeching eyes caused me to lose my nerve... I would imagine them as bunnies. Even the most chickenhearted, after all, never shrank from a bunny's stare."


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', shy porcupine Zelda is uncomfortable with interviewing her childhood crush Nip. Charlotte says, [[http://www.rhjunior.com/nip-and-tuck-0750/ in jest]], this trope. Then Nip swam across the pool. The last three strips show Zelda grinning and blushing more and more, but not without escaping the notice of Charlotte.
* In the ''Webcomic/BratHalla'', Hod's stage fright causes his powers to go awry. One guy has everybody present strip to the underwear, until he's reminded that Hod is blind.
* ''Notfunny Cartoons'' has a really, really weird subversion; a man comes to a job interview, only to find out that ''the interviewers are actually naked so he can't imagine they were'', just to spite him. (His comment? "Aww.") [[http://nichtlustig.de/toondb/090225.html It has to be seen to be believed]] (although it's only available in German right now).
* In ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'', Laura [[http://twokinds.net/?p=415 walks in on Keith]], whom his brother had just convinced to model for a nude statue. [[spoiler:Just as Alaric had planned: he was sincere in wanting to finish the statue, but chose his timing for maximum awkwardness.]]
-->'''Laura:''' ''(thinking)'' O-oh no! I... I imagined too hard!
* The same in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Thurmad is nervous about meeting Florence (an uplifted wolf) because he's just been watching a werewolf movie. He scolds himself for too much imagination and tells himself to imagine her in her underwear. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00357.htm Which she is.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink'', Julia imagines the audience in their underwear and it doesn't work, so she tries different methods. She ends up picturing the audience in baby clothes, only to find that her imagination has gone a bit too far and re-dressed herself as well. [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20091023-presentations]]
* In ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'', Wayne [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/2483 tries it]] but it does little good for him.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' invokes and {{avert|edTrope}}s the trope [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/453 here.]]
-->'''General Faulk''': And don't bother trying to imagine us in our underwear, 'cause we're all dead sexy.
* ''It's the Tie!'' had a strip entitled "Glossophobia", where a man nervous about speaking in front of an audience considers imagining the audience naked and decides he'll do so. The last panel reveals [[DepravedKidsShowHost he's the costumed host]] of a [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney the Dinosaur]] parody.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms'''s "[[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/jon_worley_gives_a_speech Jon Worley Gives a Speech]]", Brian gives this advice to Jon... who is giving a speech on fighting obesity at the Burn Unit.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode "Homer Defined", Homer becomes a hero after accidentally saving the power plant. When he's invited to give a speech about how he did it, he imagines the audience in their underwear, then shrieks and hides behind the podium because he imagined himself in his underwear, too.
** Used again in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Homer is hired by Mr. Burns to help him write an important speech. Due to the fact that at the time he was hired, Homer had been using medical marijuana and found everything funny. Since he was clean now, and no longer found Burns funny, Marge suggests Homer [[{{Squick}} picture Mr. Burns naked]], [[BrainBleach resulting in him screaming]]. Trying to make the situation better, she then changes it to picturing him in a funny hat. This idea is worse, causing Homer to curl up in a ball shuddering.
** In another episode Barney recommends it to Homer:
--->'''Barney:''' I had to give a speech once. I was pretty nervous, so I used a little trick. I picture everyone in their underwear. The judge, the jury, my lawyer, everybody.\\
'''Homer:''' Did it work?\\
'''Barney:''' I'm a free man, ain't I?
* Happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' with the twist that one of the audience [Shelton] actually is sitting there in his underwear.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squilliam Returns": In an attempt to stand up to [[TheMinnesotaFats his rival]] Squidward tries to imagine Squilliam in his underwear, only to discover that Squilliam is really, really buff.
-->'''Squidward:''' [[HoYay Oh no, he's hot!]]
** In the episode "Oral Report", Sandy gives [=SpongeBob=] special goggles that let him see people in their underwear so he can get over his fear of speaking in public. Unfortunately, Patrick breaks them, which makes it seem as if the underwear come to life and heckle [=SpongeBob=].
* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' the turtle, Filbert, can't realize his dreams of becoming a lounge singer because of stage fright. He's given this advice. It doesen't work. ("It's just too disgusting!" "Euw, you're right...") Until he's asked to perform at a club hosting a nudists' convention...
* Sam does this on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower''. Nervous about asking some classmates for a favor, he says to himself "picture the audience in their underwear." Unfortunately, he does it backwards, picturing himself standing in front of them in his underwear. It works anyway, as he says to himself, "Close enough."
* When Stan on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' revealed he had never killed anyone to his colleagues, and Roger, decided to help him, setting up several scenarios for him to pop his killing cherry, as they termed it. One had this advice.
-->'''Ray:''' If you start to get nervous, imagine them naked. You start to get really nervous, ''make'' them get naked. Still nervous? ''You'' get naked; you can do whatever you want, you're killing these people!
* Apparently the oldest daughter in ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' is so awkward and nervous when talking in public because she's always picturing everyone naked, at all times (Or she is just a pervert). Her brother advised her to imagine audience with clothes.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': Mordecai and Rigby try this on Pops to get him to get over his speaking nerves. Pops shows great discomfort at picturing Mordecai and Rigby naked... despite the fact that they both never wear any clothes in the first place.
* ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'' has an amusing inversion - when one character is nervous about public speaking, another suggests "Try imagining them with clothes on."